Le Vercors, site of the french...
Le Vercors, site of the french resistance and of course hit pretty hard by the germans during the last war. The French would hide in the Maquis (impenetrable woods) and get out of there to raid the germans. Of course, it all ended when the Germans parachuted loads of troups the annehialte the resistance. It mostly is a plateau of triangular shape, with the Rhone on the West side. Very easy to overlook.
The Town Hall
Adress : 11 boulevard Jean Pain.
After WW2, Grenoble had a rapid development and the ancient Lesdiguières mansion became to small to host the Town hall and all its offices. At the beginning of the 60s, a new Town Hall considered. The Savoy architect Maurice Novarina conceived the new building wit the help of Jean Prouvé, a specialist of the use of aluminum and of "curtain-wall"
The new "Hôtel de Ville" was built in 1965-67 on the outskirts of the "Parc Paul Mistral" which allowed it to be outline a green background. It is made of two different but interwoven parts.
* a low 3 stories building that makes an horizontal frame, sometimes called "la galette" (the cake)
* opposed to a 12 levels, vertical tower, in the center is made of a "curtain-wall of aluminum foils that protect from the sun.
The "galette" hosts all offices open to the public, meeting rooms, the offices of the mayor and his counceilors, while the tour hosts administrative and technical offices.
A patio makes the link between the two structures and is the "heart" of the whole. The pillars that hold the structure are outside, which gives more space inside.
A great caution has been paid to the use of matters : raw concrete for walls and ceilings, walnut wood on some walls, Carrare marble for soils and stairs, Venice crystal for the entrance lobby's chandelier, reminding winter ice stalactites.
The architect chose to associate architecture and plastic arts. A mold concrete ribbon of Gianferrari runs around the building and brings together both parts. A bronze sculpture of Romanian Hadju is in the middle of the patio.
Labelled as "Patrimoine du XXème siècle"
Architects : Maurice Novarina with J. Giovannoni, J. Christin, Marcel Welti (architects) ; Jean Prouvé (engineer) ; Ville de Grenoble (maître d'ouvrage), Gianferrari (mosaic maker), Gilioli, Durand, Hadju, Sabatier (sculptors), Motte (Decorator), Manessier, Ubac (Tapestry makers).
Catching the wild Dahu is ...
The dahu is a well known legendary creature, theme of jokes among natives or mountains wealthy city dwellers (with a somewhat arrogant attitude and a poor knowledge of the countryside).
The mountaineers working as hunting guides would take advantage of the gullibility of some tourists to lure them into the "dahu hunt" (in french "chasse au dahu"). The supply of naive hunters had dried up, and the dahu hunt enjoyed a second life as a summer camp spoof.
Recreational "dahu hunts" are sometimes organized as outdoor activities in France and Switzerland.
Any sports but especially ski and snowboard
All sports are practiced in Grenoble. Visitors that come to live in Grenoble for a while are specially attracted by ski. From Grenoble it is easy and fast to reach a great deal of ski stations. There are more than 150 ski station that can be reached in less than 1 hour and a half.
In Isère, Chamrousse (20 km), L'Alpe d'Huez (101 km), Les Deux Alpes (116 km), Villard de Lans and others
In Savoie, Les Arcs, Le Corbier, Les Karellis, Les Ménuires, Pralognan la Vanoise, Val d'Isère, Valloire and many others.
In Haute-Savoie, Chamonix, Avoriaz, Les Gets, Megève, Saint Gervais and many others.
In Hautes-Alpes, Montgenèvre, Serre-Chevalier and others.
Parcs & gardens : Parc Bachelard
Parc des Champs Elysées ou parc Bachelard
Il est composé de deux parties : un côté (avenue Albert Reynier) est aménagé en parc urbain, l'autre côté (Technisud) offre un aspect plus naturel, l'herbe n'est fauchée que deux fois l'an. Le parc est agrémenté d'un parcours sportif de 1,5 km avec 23 exercices.